That Was Then, This Is Now
(TWTTIN) was a BBC Radio 2 history
based comedy sketch show co-written and presented by Richard Herring. The
series also featured musical interludes from a live band, fronted by Christian
Reilly. The show ran for three series between 2004 and 2008.
Herring was assisted each week by TV's Emma Kennedy, Dan Tetsell and Danny
Robins. Tetsell and Robins never appeared as themselves (bar a couple of short
segments), but rather as characters in sketches or as special guests. Each show
would contain sketches based on historical events, the anniversary of which
would be around the date of transmission. A running joke in the second series
was that Radio 2 had commissioned it so that the final episodes went out at the
same time of year as the first episodes of the first series, meaning that
exactly the same anniversaries were coming around as for the first. The earlier
part of the series featured a running joke as to whether such a show should
acknowledge the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and
debate as to whether ignoring it would be more offensive than not ignoring it.